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Report on MSC 96
The Committee on Maritime Safety had its ninety sixth session from 11 May to 20 May 2016, which took place in the IMO headquarters in London.
This report provides an overview on main points and results of the agenda items discussed.
|1||Adoption of the agenda; report on credentials|
|2||Decisions of other IMO bodies|
|3||Consideration and adoption of amendments to mandatory instruments|
|4||Measures to enhance maritime security|
|5||Goal-based new ship construction standards|
|6||Passenger ship safety|
|7||Mandatory instrument and/or provisions addressing safety standards for the carriage of more than 12 industrial personnel on board vessels engaged on international voyages|
|8||Ship systems and equipment (report of the second session and urgent matters emanating from the third session of the Sub-Committee)|
|9||Implementation of IMO Instruments (report of the second session of the Sub-Committee)|
|10||Carriage of cargoes and containers (report of the second session of the Sub-Committee)|
|11||Ship design and construction (report of the third session of the Sub-Committee)|
|12||Human element, training and watchkeeping (report of the third session of the Sub-Committee)|
|13||Pollution prevention and response (report of the third session of the Sub-Committee)|
|14||Navigation, communications, search and rescue (urgent matters emanating from the third session of the Sub-Committee)|
|15||Capacity building for the implementation of new measures|
|16||Formal safety assessment, including general cargo ship safety|
|17||Piracy and armed robbery against ships|
|18||Unsafe mixed migration by sea|
|19||Analysis and consideration of recommendations to reduce administrative burdens in IMO instruments including those identified by the SG-RAR|
|20||Implementation of instruments and related matters|
|21||Relations with other organizations|
|22||Application of the Committee's Guidelines|
|24||Any other business|
|25||Consideration of the report of the Committee on its ninety-sixth session|
The Committee confirmed that the information provided by the 12 IACS Members demonstrates that, in accordance with SOLAS regulation II-1/3-10.3, their rules conform to the International goal-based ship construction standards for bulk carriers and oil tankers (resolution MSC.287(87)) (GBS Standards); and that ships contracted under the current Submitters' verified rules are deemed to meet the GBS Standards.
The aforesaid regulation II-1/3-10.3 that implements GBS was adopted with Resolution MSC.290(87) and applies to oil tankers of 150 m in length and above and to bulk carriers of 150 m in length and above, constructed with single deck, top-side tanks and hopper side tanks in cargo spaces, excluding ore carriers and combination carriers:
Consideration and adoption of Amendments to Mandatory Instruments (item 3)
(WP.6 and WP.6/Add.1))
. adopted amendments to chapter III of the 1974 SOLAS Convention (Resolution MSC.404(96)) together with the Requirements for maintenance, thorough examination, operational testing, overhaul and repair of lifeboats and rescue boats, launching appliances and release gear(Resolution MSC.402(96))(entry into force 1 January 2020).
These amendments to regulations III/3 and III/20, on operational readiness, maintenance and inspections, are to make the provisions of MSC.1/Circ.1206/Rev.1 mandatory and the a.m. Requirements clarify that:
Amendments to Regulations II-2/3 and II-2/18 clarify that ships having a helicopter landing area shall be provided with foam firefighting appliances which comply with the relevant provisions of the new chapter 17 of the FSS Code.
Amendments to Regulation II-2/13 on evacuation analysis: this requirement extends the requirement for an evacuation analysis to passenger ships other than ro-ro passenger ships, carrying more than 36 passengers, constructed on or after the date of entry into force of the amendments. In this context, it was clarified that ro-ro passenger ships that have had their escape routes evaluated by an evacuation analysis, in accordance with SOLAS regulation II-2/13.7.4 or the earlier SOLAS regulation II-2/28-1.3, need not be re-evaluated, and that no further modifications to SOLAS regulation II-2/220.127.116.11.1.1 were required.
Maritime Security (item 4) (WP 9)
Goal-based new ship construction standards ( item 5) (WP 8 )
Mandatory instrument and/or provisions addressing safety standards for the carriage of more than 12 industrial personnel on board vessels engaged on international voyages (item 7, WP.7)
After an in-depth discussion, the Committee agreed on the following principles:
The Committee, in approving the ad-hoc WG report:
Ship Systems and Equipment (SSE) (item 8)
Implementation of IMO Instruments (III) (item 9)
the Committee approved draft amendment to SOLAS chapter XI-1 introducing a new regulation XI-1/2-1, on harmonisation of survey periods of cargo ships not subject to the ESP Code.
Carriage of cargoes and containers (CCC) (item 10)
the Committee approved a draft amendment to paragraph 3.2.5 of the IGC Code, that, in effect, align the requirements of the IGC Code with the requirement for fire-rated windows on tankers in SOLAS chapter II-2, which does not apply to wheelhouse windows, with a view to adoption at MSC 97.
Ship Design and Construction (SDC) (item 11)
Work Programme (item 23)
Some New items added:
MSC 97 is scheduled from 21 to 25 November 2016 and MSC 98 tentatively from 7 to 16 June 2017.
Working Groups for MSC 97